Get That Beard a Movie! On the Road With Micro-Indie Blah, Blah, Blah Douchebag
Sam Nussbaum (Andrew Dickler), his Taliban-length beard an extension of his mullah-like self-righteousness about organic produce and bicycling, is about to marry Steph (Marguerite Moreau) in less than a week. The inexplicably smitten bride-to-be, determined to reunite her sanctimonious fiancé with his estranged younger brother, Tom (Ben York Jones), for their nuptials, fetches the callow sib, who immediately resumes the passive role to Sams top dog. The bullying-withdrawing dynamic continues as the brothers set out to find Toms fifth-grade girlfriend to bring as his wedding date, a road trip that allows Sam, who keeps putting off his tux-fitting, to behave in piggy ways that will surprise no one. Like Humpday, the terror of female control motivates the acting out in Douchebag; unlike that film, Drake Doremuss uses its leads obnoxious behavior as a teachable moment. As the Nussbaum boys complete their emotional arcs, Steph is relegated to brief moments of anxious cell-phone clutching. Two scenesone in a roller rink, the other in a motel roomprove that Doremus (who co-wrote the script with three others, including Dickler) can transcend micro-budgeted American cinema boilerplate. But in its rushed, implausible moment of reckoning, Douchebag ends up validating the frat-boy credo: Bros before hos.
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